Netanyahu's Congress speech might damage U.S. regional interests: analysts

08:23, June 07, 2011      

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by Khaled Khalefe, Hao Fangjia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced "the easiest and the friendliest audience in the world," during his major policy speech to the United States Congress last month, said an Israeli official.

On the other hand, many criticized the Congress members for openly siding with Israeli prime minister angered the Palestinians. Local pundits viewed the speech as a serious blow to U.S. regional interests in a long term, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. "At the end of the day, the U.S. will find itself isolated in the region together with Israel," said a Palestinian analyst.


Both Obama's and Netanyahu's declarations were not going to yield a major policy breakthrough for the dragged down peace process, political analysts argued.

In his speech, Netanyahu presented more refusals than concessions to the Palestinians. He said no to the 1967 borders, no to the division of Jerusalem, no to the refugees' return right, and to the Palestinian reconciliation.

The Israeli prime minister also bluntly requested that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an element potentially denies the genuine essence of Palestinian rights in the future.

Uri Avnery, the Director of the left-wing Gush Shalom organization, compared Netanyahu's speech with the three "nos" of No recognition, No negotiation and No peace with Israel, which were declared in Khartoum by the Arab world in 1967.

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